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Barry Trotter And The Shameless Parody (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Hardcover – 19 Sep 2002


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; First Edition edition (19 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057507454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575074545
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 3.2 x 16.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It had to come. Michael Gerber's Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody does to Harry Potter what Bored of the Rings did to Tolkien--burying the very English original in showers of quick-fire gags, mangled character names, and Americanisms.

It stuck to the plot of The Lord of the Rings, but--probably for fear of lawsuits--Shameless Parody rambles in all directions, poking fun at JK Rowling's characters, her fans, the worldwide Potter phenomenon and moviemakers Warner Brothers too.

The hero of Barry Trotter and the Philosopher's Scone (in America, Barry Trotter and the Magic Biscuit) is now in his 11th year at Hogwash School for Wizards, aged 22. Yes, he should have left long ago, but being famous is addictive. Now the Headmaster, Alpo Bumblemore, has a fresh task for Barry. Already beset by crowds of non-magical "Muddle" fans, the school faces terminal publicity unless our hero can halt production of the scheduled film Barry Trotter and the Inevitable Attempt to Cash In....

Can Barry, with friends Lon Measly and Ermine Cringer, defeat the latest evil schemes and transparent anagrams of Lord Valumart--even with help from author JG Rollins herself? It doesn't seem to matter much since even the "good" characters tend to be crass, stupid, unsympathetic or all three.

Gerber shrewdly builds on the Hogwarts tradition of icky sweets and should appeal to the young in brain with loving descriptions of Snot Chocolate, Dandruff Babies, Diarrhoea Creams, and the like: "Barry chuckled: for him, potty humour was one of life's most reliable sources of pleasure." Naturally there's not a Chamber but a Chamberpot of Secrets, and the toilet-haunting ghost Moaning Myrtle becomes Flatulent Fanny.

The plot, for want of a better word, is too self-referentially silly to describe. It's a toss-up: will millions of young Rowling fans giggle uncontrollably over the lavatory jokes, or lynch Gerber for blasphemy? --David Langford

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Taribo on 9 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
I would recomend Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody for any age group. It is an excellent book about a man called Barry Trotter who is 30 (going on 13) and his wife Ermonie Gringer. Micheal Gerber uses some great phrases through the book. For the price it is an excellent buy and I think anyone with a sense of humour would enjoy it. I found Harry Potter boring and I decided that Barry Trotter was more humorous and interesting.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TheLibrarian on 27 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
A shameless parody is exactly what this book is. It's quite fun and entertaining, but I feel it could have been much funnier. Barry Trotter is a perpetual student who is doing everything in his power to avoid leaving Hogwash School and get a job. He uses his celebrity to make money and take advantage of impressionable young ladies! The humour in this book comes from seeing favourite characters portrayed in a slightly less innocent light. The problem with this book is that the joke wears thin very quickly. Yes, there are some funny moments and the sarcastic comments about the Harry Potter merchandising monster are good. I feel that this joke could have made a great article or story in a magazine, but there wasn't really enough material for a whole book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
Barry is a truely brilliant book. It has an excellant humour, that portrays the funnier side of the original book. As a fan of the Harry Potter books, I found that Barry Trotter fantastic, with Bumblemore a personal highlight. But I found that a knowledge of the original books is essential before picking up any Barry Trotter book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dwein22 on 10 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
I thought after "Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody" that Gerber could not get any better. I had trouble reading this book because of the tears of laughter. I must admit to being a fan of Harry Potter and this book (especially the title) make fun of the entire genre. I hope there's another one.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Eric Francis on 30 Sept. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am the world's biggest Harry Potter fan, and so when I read an article about this parody in the Chicago Sun-Times I had to get it. What the hell, it's only ten bucks anyway.
I'm so glad I did! It's one of the funniest things I 've ever read. It's not really a parody of a specifc book in the series -- instead, it starts when Barry (Harry) is twenty-two, made incurably lazy by his famous life, and unwilling to leave Wizard school, where everyone caters to his every whim. It's only when he learns that a Hollywood movie is being made out of his life -- and that if the movie suceeds the school will have to close and he'll have to get a real job -- that he is galvanized into action.
What's especially hilarious is seeing the grown up Barry Trotter using magic in ways that any 22 year old guy would if he could -- to meet women, to get out of trouble he got himself into. Also wonderful is the way that Michael Gerber comes up with little bits of magic that are worthy of JK Rowling, except funny... like "Traveling Snuff," something wizards use to fly. Usually with snuff, you see, you stay in the same place and the snuff comes shooting out of your nose... but with magic snuff, IT stays in the same place, and when you sneeze, you go shooting up into the air.
So, if you like Harry Potter, and you like to laugh, do yourself a favor and get this.
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Format: Paperback
I enjoy parodies as a genre, the sillier the better usually, there's been great books like the somewhat outdated Bored of the Rings and in the film industry Airplane and the Naked Gun Movies. But modern parodies aren't quite as good, becuase they often take themselves too seriously or try and construct a complicated plot at the expense of the humour on screen or page. Barry Trotter was soemthing I approached after reading Bored of the Rings and thought Why Not? Just to set ground rules I like the books and the films, they're good teenage fiction, I'm not a die-hard fan of either medium or a hater, in some respects coming from either background of love or hate may be the best to come at Barry Trotter as it appeals top both, but doesn't cater as well for the ones in the middle.

Barry Trotter's main problems lie in its content and the fact that clearly the author has some kind of agenda beneath the gags and poking fun at the series. The problem is that often this message gets in the way of advancing the plot and had the author stuck with the events of maybe Philosopher's / Sorcerer's Stone with an already laid out plot which could have had plenty of gags on - can think of plenty of ways the giant chess game could have been done humourously, then maybe the laughs would have gotten through. Barry Trotter's main point is actually a decent one, it's all about the money being pumped out of the franchise through the films, and the way the books are disregarded as opposed to the inferior (no offence to the films but the books are always better) movies which people see more often and don't know what they're missing in terms of depth, power and heart.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2004
Format: Paperback
Yes, it was amusing but it was also hard going. The author was trying so hard to come up with a 'witty' take on every name in the original Harry Potter that I just felt the plot and writing got forgotton. I plodded on as I don't like to leave a book unfinished but I was glad to come to the end of it. If you want a well written fantasy book, buy Harry Potter, if you want a well written parody - don't buy this!!
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